Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So many stamps...

Hello Friends! I have a card share today that I made with an stamp that is old... 'as old as the hills' as the saying goes. It's a long retired Stampin Up design that hasn't seen the light of day in a looooong time. So long that it's like having new stamps when you discover them again. LOL  I know that at least some if not most of you can relate to this. :)

I have a lot of stamps. I haven't counted but they fill 100+ DVD cases (not CD, the bigger 7"x5" DVD cases) and there's a box (or two) beyond that. All told I'm sure it's thousands, so even when I was at my most prolific crafting phase (of making 200-300 cards a month in the early Cards for Heroes/OWH days) there were many stamps that seldom saw the light of day. 

In the early days of my stamping I had a hard time parting with any of my 'stuff'. As years have gone by though I've found myself 'cleaning house' from time to time, and have on several occasions parted with those stamps that no longer hold any appeal to me. How about you? Do you still have every stamp you ever bought? To you enjoy coming across stamps in your collection so old that they're new again?

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Hello Friends! I have a quick card share today of a card a made a while back. This was sent to a member of the card maker group I'm part of as a 'just because' card. It's been so much fun to exchange cards and it's sparked my mojo. I made a few fall cards this past weekend and while I've missed out on recent birthdays, I'm determined to work on a whole stack of them so I won't miss anyone in the group in 2015.

I'm also thinking it could be time to reorganize and clean out my supplies a bit. Though I am very organized (partly because I don't have a space to leave things spread out) I almost always find it gets the creativity flowing to go through things, especially when you have a lot of stuff, it's easy to forget it until you see an old favorite again. With the holidays fast approaching though, it may need to wait but a Nw Year is the perfect time for that kind of task anyway.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Just A Note

Hello Friends! It's hard to believe we're already closing in on the end of October. I have to say I'm grateful that while we have had some fall like days, the transition has been slow with some unseasonably warm days along the way, most welcome for a warm weather person like me.

My card making for OWH took a major nose dive in the past year. The combination of little creative mojo on my part (with other concerns taking precedence) and the diminished need for cards (as many of our deployed heroes finally head home - thank God) have both played a part. As fate would have it I recently found myself  invited to join an amazing group of card makers who, through sending me beautiful cards have sparked my mojo and given me a new reason to do some card making. 

My card share today is a card I sent to my fellow OWHer Cindy, one of many people I feel I've gotten to 'know', though we've never met in person.

I cannot tell you how nice it is to receive an unexpected card in the mail for no reason other than to say hello and being able to do the same for others has me wanting to drag out my craft supplies for the first time in a long time.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Rare Halloween Card

Hello Friends! I have an unusual card share today because it's been years since I've made a Halloween card. When I started making cards on a regular basis for OWH back in 2008 I'd gone out and gotten a small selection of Halloween stamps. There weren't as many OWH crafters making cards back then and since they were in demand for heros to send home I found myself including Halloween designs in my boxes.

Fast forward a few years to 2012 and now there were many Halloween cards being made and a dwindling demand... so I did the natural thing and in a clean-out of my supplies I sold off a bunch of stamps, including all the Halloween stamps I had. All except for one... the one I used to create this card for a recent card swap.

It's a simple card but I'm glad I held onto this stamp since it at least it gave me something to use to create this card.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Just For You

Hello Friends! I'm still struggling to get back in the groove when it comes to card making and blogging. I managed to make a few cards last week (no wait it was the week before last) and was determined to sit down and set up a few posts that I could schedule in advance. Needless to say it didn't happen. I'm reaching a point, after a year of personal tribulations where I feel like I need to make some decisions... give up crafting, give up blogging, give up both, recommit myself to card making and skip blogging, recommit to doing both... well there are a bunch of options. I just have to figure out which to choose.

Meanwhile this card share today is a Just for You card that winged it's way to Raeanna Smith as part of a recent 'card shower'. What's a card shower you ask? When  a bunch of your card making friends get together — usually in secret — and send a bunch of cards to someone who could use some cheering up and support.

Happy Crafting!
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